Desired Effects:To inhibit opiate withdrawal symptoms, relieve pain.
Side Effects:Light-headedness, dizziness, sweating, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness.
- Methadone is prescribed as a substitute to street heroin when users have become dependent. It is used to reduce from opiates and helps to stabilise a users lifestyle.
- You should take methadone orally at the dosage it has been prescribed - is the safest way to take it.
- It is recommended that methadone is taken once daily, at the same time each day.
- If you take methadone with other substances, especially alcohol, heroin and benzos, it increases the risk of overdose.
- Getting additional support like counselling or CBT to tackle other aspects of your addiction will increase the chances of making changes to your life and improving your recovery capital.
- Get involved in diversionary activities that are meaningful to you; discovering healthier things to occupy your time - feeling bored will leave you thinking about using; spend time with non-using friends.
- If you suspect someone has overdosed, put them in the recovery position and call for emergency help immediately.
- Know about Naloxone. Naloxone is a short acting opiate antagonist that reverses the effects of heroin and other opiates like morphine - it can save lives.
Long term risks:Dependence, withdrawal symptoms.
Short term risks:Tolerance, overdose which can be fatal. This is a particularly dangerous drug for children who have accidentally taken doses prescribed to their parents.
Parents & other relatives
Many drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents, family members and partners of people using drugs. They may provide relative support groups or advice, guidance and counselling on a one to one basis.